LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship. Minjee Lee, Sung Hyun Park and Min-Sun Kim Lead.

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Minjee Lee, AustraliaSung Hyun Park and Min-Sun Kim, from South Korea, all share the lead at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, in South Korea.

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Minjee, Sung, who was bogey free and Min-Sun all cared first rounds of -6 under par 66 on the  Ocean Course to top the  LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship leaderboard.

MInjee from Australia would love to get a win here;

“I’ve had a pretty solid year.”

“It would be nice to have a win for the remainder the season. That will be my goal.”

Five ladies are then tied in fourth place at -5 under after opening rounds of 67; last weeks winner on the European Tour, Cristie Kerr, Lizette Salas, and Marina Alex, from the USA, with Min-Ji Park and Chella Choi, from South Korea.

Lydia Ko, from New Zealand is in the group at -4 under par, and T 9.

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KPMG WOMEN’S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP. Two Ladies Tied at the Top

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Chella Choi, South Korea, and Danielle Kang,USA, share the honor at the top of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Olympia Fields in Chicago.

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Chella, bogey free -4 under par 67 today and Danielle with -3 under 68 have -10 under par totals at the top of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship leaderboard, and will take a two lead into the final round tomorrow.

Chella is playing and putting well;

“I feel very good right now, my shot and my putting, very good the last couple of weeks so I have confidence.”

“You know, it’s a major tournament. It’s very biggest for me, but I’m ready for the final round.”

“I practiced a lot and training a lot, and mental training, too.”

Danielle has yet to win a LPGA Tour event, but has a very good chance to break her duck here, and with a Major too;

“I love the vibe of a major,” it makes you feel so blessed to be out here.”

“But as a tournament, when I step up and hit a shot, it’s the same thing as if I’m on the driving range.”

“I do what I have to do and stick to my routine and play my game.” 

On her own in second place is Jiyai Shin, who retired from the LPGA Tour in 2014. She left to return to South Korea after clocking up 11 wins, which included two Majors, and also held the World Number One ranking;

“Maybe I like wind, so I think tomorrow is going to be a little bit hotter and also windy.”

“So I try to enjoy the wind, like a friend.”

Defending champion Brooke Henderson, from Canada, is alone in fourth position at -7 under par, a third round -2 under 69, giving her a chance to retain her title.

 

 

KPMG WOMENS PGA CHAMPIONSHIP. Kim and Kang the Cream at the Top.

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Sei Young Kim, South Korea, and Danielle Kang, USA, are the cream at the top of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship leaderboard after 36 holes at Olympia Fields in Chicago. The round was interrupted for a while with electrical storms in the area.

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Sei Young and Danielle both posted a second rounds of -5 under par 66 to top the  KPMG Women’s PGA Championship leaderboard at the half-way stage of this Major with -7 under par totals.

Sei Young said she had benefited from the calmer winds after the interval from the storms;

“Fortunately, when I tee off, it was a little less windy.”

“So I was able to play to the pin, attack the pin. So I made a lot of opportunities for the birdie chance.” 

Danielle has been bogey free for her 36 holes, no mean feat in a Major competition;

“Both of those rounds, I kept my game plan, and they were both bogey-free, so I’m pretty happy.”

 “I kept sticking to the iron shots that I trusted all my life, and giving myself opportunities is what we‘ve been doing.”

Four ladies are tied in third place, just one shot back with tournament totals of -6 under par, Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, England, -5 under 66 today, first round leader Chella Choi, South Korea, -1 under 70, Amy Yang, South Korea, even par 71, and Brittany Lincicome, USA, -5 under 66.

There is still a long way to go in this Major tournament, and not too far back are Major winners like, Lydia Ko, New Zealand and Michelle Wi, USA, with a -4 under totals, Brooke Henderson, Canada -5 under, and So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, also at -5 under par.

Lets see who gets moving on the 4th of July week-end here in Chicago.

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Two Ladies at the Top of Weather Delayed 1st Round

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There ate two ladies tied at the top of the weather delayed 1st round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, in the windy city of Chicago, at Olympia FieldsChella Choi and her South Korean compatriot Amy Yang share the lead, although Amy still has one hole to play.

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Chella had completed her first round of -5 under par 66 to top the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship before play was halted due to dangerous weather conditions.

Amy has finished 17 holes for her -5 under total, and has the par five 18th still to play.

Tied in third place at -4 under par are Joanna Klatten, through 16 first round holes and Brittany Altomare with a completed round.

They are followed on -3 under by  Brooke Henderson, Michelle Wie, Alison Lee, and Sue Oh, all with completed rounds, and Kim Kaufman, 16 holes and Emily Pedersen, through 15 holes.

Brooke, from Canada, enjoyed being long off the tee

“I hit my driver great at times and I hit a couple of loose ones, I was able to carry a couple of fairway bunkers, which is huge, because not a lot of players are able to do that.”

“I was able to take them out of play and then give myself a short shot into the greens.

“I was going to try to take it a day at a time and see what happens, but I’m in a great spot right now, so I’m really excited.”

“Minus three on this tough course, and these tough conditions, you know, it’s a great way to start out this championship.”

Michelle just tried to have some fun in the windy conditions;

 “Just had a lot of fun in tough conditions, it was tough out there but kind of have to laugh off the mistakes a little bit out here.”

“I mean, it’s a tough golf course. Olympia Fields is a really pure golf course. It’s playing great right now.”

For those yet  to finish the first round play will resume Friday morning at 0745 local time.

 

Ladies Australian Open. Katherine Kirk First Round Leader.

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Katherine Kirk, Australia, is the first round leader at the Ladies Australian Open at Royal Adelaide Golf Cub, in Australia.

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Katherine shot a bogey free opening round -8 under par 65 to lead the ISPS Ladies Australian Open

Tied in second place are Chella Choi, carding one bogey, from South Korea, Jane Park bogey free and Marissa Steen, bogey free, both ladies from the U.S.A, all three players at -6 under par following their first round scores of 67.

Marissa said she was late coming into golf, and had to take a medical break;

“I played a bunch of other sports growing up, so focusing on golf I was a little late to it.”

 “I played at the University of Memphis in Tennessee for four years and graduated from there and then played Symetra Tour for three seasons.”

I just woke up one day, and my side hurt.  It took about two weeks, finally to where it was like I couldn’t sleep really at night, so I was like, I need to go get this checked out, and sure enough.’

“I was a rookie; I was excited to be out here, coming off the best season I had ever played on Symetra Tour.

”  I didn’t want to, and I guess I had never been injured before, I didn’t really know how to handle it.  Now, I think I have a little better grasp of what to do if that happens again in the future.”

 

Blue Bay LPGA. Minjee Lee Leads

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Minjee Lee leads after the first round of the Blue Bay LPGA in China.

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Minjee put together a -7 under par 65 in the opening round of the Blue Bay LPGA, giving her a two shot lead over the field.

She only had a limited practice here, good putting helped her today;

“Well, I only had, I got nine holes practice yesterday, because we flew in yesterday.”

 “But no, I just took it one shot at a time and didn’t try to get ahead of myself. Just played my own game today and a lot of my putts dropped today.”

Jessica Korda and Sandra Gal share second place at -5 under, with their opening rounds of 67.

Sandra made an Eagle, on the par four second hole;

 “Yeah, it was my second hole, I had around, I think I had 89 yards to the pin and there was a little back stop so I played it to go a little long and come back and I had a perfect line and it just rolled in.”

“It’s just a nice start. To hit it close or even go in the hole, it just kind of jump starts your round and kind of gets you in a nice flow, which I then kept up for the rest of the day.”

“That was a nice eagle.”

Last weeks winner Carlota Ciganda, and Chella Choi are tied in fourth place at -4 under par.

Chella is happy that the course is easier to play this year;

“I played so well the first year, and last year is not good.”

“But this tournament, I like this golf course, because the shape is very good and condition is very good, but green is a little bit slow.”

“Last year, conditions are more harder because if I hit the green, always over. But this year, like if I hit the green, it stops, my ball.”

“It’s easier than last year. It’s more easier because last year very difficult.”

 

 

Manulife LPGA Classic. Chella Choi Early Leader.

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Chella Choi is the early leader of the Manulife LPGA Classic at the conclusion of the first round  at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Canada.

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Chella carded a first round -6 under par 66 to lead the Manulife LPGA Classic by one shot in Canada, thanks to a driver behaving well;

Pretty good.”

 “A lot of wind today, but my game is good and driving is good, shot was good, so I made a lot of birdies.”

“I worked really hard the last three weeks.”

 “So I want to hit straight and strong my drive four days, so I focus on just my driving four days strong drive.”

“So I don’t know. First good, so that’s why my driving is better, so the game is easier than before.”

In Gee Chun, Dani Holmqvist, Brittany Lang and Azahara Munoz share second place following their opening rounds of -5 under par 67.

Best placed Canadian players are  Alena Sharp and Maude-Aimee Leblanc, both in the very large group T17 at -3 under par.

World number one Lydia Ko is in a tie for 34th spot after her first round -2 under par 70.